The Oldest Automobile Brand Still in Production

The history of Buick dates back to 1899, as the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company, a firm producing motor-car bodies and internal combustion engines. It was renamed the Buick Motor Company in 1903 by Scottish entrepreneur David Dunbar Buick, and later in the year, it was taken over by James H. Whiting. He moved the plant to his hometown of Flint, Michigan and brought in William C. Durant, who was a natural promoter, creating the Model B in 1904. Calling the new mega-corporation General Motors, it was not long before Buick became the largest car maker in America, and in 1911, Buick introduced its first closed-body car. Using the profits, Durant embarked on a series of corporate acquisitions, including a fifteen-year contract with RS McLaughlin in Canada; McLaughlin-Buick became Canada’s Standard Car. On departing from the company, D.D. Buick sold his stock in the firm for a minimal amount, dying in modest circumstances 25 years later.

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